November 30, 2020
2020 has undoubtedly been a year nobody anticipated. From tornadoes ripping across the state to a pandemic that has impacted almost every inch of the globe, it’s safe to say everyone feels the weight this year has held. As I reflect on the challenges this year brought, I’m also moved by the many things we have to be thankful for.
I am grateful for the teachers and school districts across the state who have worked tirelessly to establish safe and healthy environments to ensure our kids can learn and thrive. The innovative, creative, and adaptive ways that students and families have coped with coronavirus is admirable and worthy of our gratitude. TSS works every day to ensure a policy environment exists that allows students to thrive and succeed in their future postsecondary endeavors and this year, we are even more appreciative of those making the dreams of parents and students come true. We look forward to continuing with you in the fight to expand educational opportunities for ALL students in Tennessee as we finish out this year and in the years to come.
As the 112th Tennessee General Assembly prepares to gavel into session in January, the supermajority Republican Caucuses of both chambers have voted on leadership for the upcoming session. The Democratic Caucuses have yet to convene for a leadership election. Please find the results of the leadership elections below:
Senate Majority Leadership (GOP):
Speaker: Lt. Gov. Randy McNally
Majority Leader: Jack Johnson
Caucus Chair: Ken Yager
Treasurer: Ferrell Haile
Secretary: Dawn White
Chaplain: Shane Reeves House Majority Leadership (GOP):
Speaker: Cameron Sexton
Speaker Pro Tempore: Pat Marsh
Leader: William Lamberth
Caucus Chair: Jeremy Faison
Assistant Leader: Ron Gant
Caucus Vice Chair: Brandon Ogles
Whip: Johnny Garrett
Floor Leader: Paul Sherrell
Assistant Floor Leader: Scotty Campbell
Secretary: Michele Carringer
Treasurer: Mark Cochran
Please see the following update from Governor Lee’s press conference last Tuesday:
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